After I shared my free word slider cards for short o, some of you requested sets for the other short vowels. Today I’m sharing 21 free cards for short u!
Slider cards are great for helping kids learn to sound out words.
But keep in mind that sounding out words is a tricky skill, and not one we should teach until kids have five basic understandings about reading. Click on the image below to learn if your child is ready to sound out words:
How can we teach kids to sound out words?
I shared a variety of ways in my first post about word slider cards. You can see it here. After kids have a beginning understanding of what it means to “sound it out,” slider cards are a great way to help things come together.
The idea is very simple. You can use index cards or long strips of paper to write simple words to sound out. Since I like to teach reading with word families, I created 3-6 cards for each short u word family. You’ll find cards for -ub, -um, -uck, -ug, -ut, and -un. (You can download my cards for free at the end of the post.) It helps to include a picture of the word at the end of the strip for self-checking.
Next, seal a business sized envelope.
Cut off the end of the envelope.
Insert a card into the envelope. Have your child say each sound as each letter or letter combination is revealed.
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